Thursday, January 12, 2012

Instructions to Make a Kindle Fire Cover

Kindle Fire Cover - Multi Blue Circles
Wow, I never knew a Kindle Fire Cover could be so popular! I pinned my creation on Pinterest and 34 people and counting repinned it! Someone even commented requesting instructions on how to make one. I wasn't prepared to write it up, my crafting isn't always good enough to share but I worked on it and made a few more and think I have created a pretty good pattern.

Here are the guidelines for making your own Kindle Fire Cover. If you aren't crafty and want to just purchase one, I have some on sale now at my store. Click on one of the images below to buy.

Fabrics Needed: 
  • Decorative fabric for outside
  • Fabric for the interior
  • Stiff interfacing, I used the heaviest iron-on I could find
  • Flannel fabric (padding)
  • Thicker craft fleece (I found this in the interfacing area.) (This is the thick padding)
Notions Needed: 
  • 3/8" Elastic
  • Thread

Creating the pattern: 

** Everything has a 3/8" seam

Cover Piece:
  • Cut a rectangle 11 15/16" x 8 13/16", mark the seam allowance, fold it in half and mark the half way point - draw a line on the right side of the center 3/8" in, this is the seam allowance for the right side. So the right side ends up being 5 1/16" wide.
  • Cut a 2 square and fold in half. 
  • Place the folded square in each of the corners on the right side of the pattern. Draw a line, this is where you will place the elastic. When you cut out the fabric, cut a small slit in the seam to note where the elastic should go.
  • On the right side, mark 1 3/16" in from the right edge, this is where the elastic band will be stitched.
  • Cut one fabric, one interfacing, one padding, one thick padding
Right Side Interior:
  • Cut a rectangle 5 7/8" x 8 3/4"
  • Cut one fabric, one interfacing

Left Side Interior:

  • Cut a rectangle 5 7/16" x 8 3/4" (note it is 5 7/16", not 5 7/8" like the right side!)
  • Cut one fabric, one interfacing
Middle Interior:

  • Cut a rectangle 2 1/16"" x 8 3/4"
  • Cut one fabric, one interfacing
  • Cut a rectangle 5 1/2" x 8 3/4"
  • Fold in half. From the center, measure 3 3/4" from the left side to the center. From that point to the edge, draw a curved line. While still folded, cut along the line so both sides are the same. I used a drafting tool, you can also use a large can as a guide. 
  • Cut two fabric, one interfacing 
How to put it together: 
  1. Iron on interfacing to all pieces. ** I trimmed the cover piece interfacing 3/8" all the way around. You could create a different pattern for the interfacing that was the correct size but I cut these out all at the same time and trim, I find that is easier. 
  2. On the Right Side Interior piece, mark the lines from the pattern where the elastic should go (on the right side of the fabric). The bottom of the elastic goes on the line. Stitch elastic down. 
  3. One the Cover Piece, pin the elastic. The place you clipped into the seam allowance notes where the right side of the elastic should go. Stitch it to the Cover Piece. 
  4. Take the Pocket pieces and sew just the curved edge, clip, trim and iron. Turn the Pocket right side out and stitch the two pieces together so they are secure. The piece with the interfacing should be on the top. 
  5. Sew the Left Side and Middle together, top stitch on Left Side. 
  6. Pin the Pocket to the Left Side. Stitch all three sides.  
Now you have a Cover Piece with the strap attached, a thick padding, padding, Right Side with elastic straps attached and a Left side with the Pocket and Middle attached.
  1. Put the pieces together in this order, flat on the table; padding, Cover Piece (right side up), Right Side (right side down), Left Side (right side down make sure Middle is on top of Right Side). Pin. Sew all the way around. Trim selvage. 
  2. Turn right side out and use a corner poker thing to carefully poke out the corners. Trim the thick padding so it fits nicely inside the pocket you just made. I found out this is not an exact science. I trimmed off a tad bit more than the 3/8" seam allowance. Insert into the cover and smooth out. 
  3. Once you have this smooth and flat, top stitch around the entire thing. 
  4. Now, measure the distance between your top stitching. Cut two pieces of card board. The right side piece should be approximately 7 1/2" x 4 5/8" and the left side should be approximately 7 1/2" x 4 1/4". I say approximately because it depends on how far in your top stitching is. 
  5. Insert the left side cardboard first, all the way to the right. You will have to wrap it around the Middle edge so it slides to the left. Stick you hand in between the pieces and push the cardboard to the left. It should end approximately where the top stitching is of the Left Side and Middle piece. Put right side cardboard in, it should end just shy of the Right Side piece of fabric, you need enough room to top stitch over the edge. Smooth it all out and test it with your Kindle. It should fold over nicely and the elastic band should easily come from the back to the front, securing the front. Once you are satisfied, top stitch the Right Side closed, stitching all the way through all the pieces, top stitching will be on the back. 
There you have it, your own handmade Kindle Fire Cover! If you make one, post your pics here! 

Inside of of Cover

Cream and White Scroll Cover

Inside of Multi Blue Circle Cover


MaryEllen said...

thank you so very much for the instructions. I just got a fire on Sunday and was looking for a pattern to make a cover

ThatsMyTri said...

Wonderful! Please let me know how it turns out! If you have any questions regarding the instructions, you can email me.

Melissa Edwards said...

CC you crafty thing... helping solve one problem at a time.

Leslie Lim said...

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